Germany is backing a plan to assemble a European Union Army, which would bring together all 28 member states under one command.
The plan would involve sharing equipment, putting together a council of ministers and having a headquarters.
The idea was brought up last year by European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. Now a white paper has been drawn up by Germany, according to The Express.
“German security policy has relevance — also far beyond our country. Germany is willing to join early, decisively and substantially as a driving force in international debates … to take responsibility and assume leadership,” as reported by Financial Times.
Officials had planned to keep it under wraps until after June 23 – the day of the Brexit vote in Britain.
The people of Britain are divided over whether to leave the EU. Proponents believe Britain should exit the bloc because it is costly and a threat to national sovereignty.
“The more we Europeans are ready to take on a greater share of the common burden and the more our American partner is prepared to go along the road of common decision-making, the further the transatlantic security partnership will develop greater intensity and richer results,” the document said.
Junker claims the initiative will not hinder NATO in any way.
“Rather a European army would bring an intensive cooperation in the development and the purchase of military equipment and bring substantial savings,” he said.
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